A cluster of Monarch butterflies hanging on native trees in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia.

Many thanks to the family who own this block at Canunda for letting me know that they were there. Literally hundreds hanging off trees making for a splash of colour against the normal greens of the foliage.

If you look closely in LARGE you will see how many are in this shot alone – close to twenty!!!

Canon 400D – 17 -85 lens.
F 6.3 – 1/120th sec at focal length of 85. ISO 200.


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  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 4 years ago

    Oh this is astounding! I want one of these trees, I bet that you camera didn’t know which way to point! Dee

  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreover 4 years ago

    Lovely! I have seen this in real life, and it is just awe inspiring:)

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    that is awesome

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture, Steve!

  • SelinaJ
    SelinaJover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image Steve, they are beautiful and to see them in numbers like this is great!

  • LearnToShine
    LearnToShineover 4 years ago

    Oh that would’ve been so cool to see! Great work Steve!

  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 4 years ago

    stunning catch!!!!

  • simoneb
    simonebover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Steve!

  • JohnPeel
    JohnPeelover 4 years ago

    Would be unbelievable but for the fact it was you who took it, Steve!

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 4 years ago

    Gee I can’t even find one butterfly, let alone a whole tree full. Nicely captured

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